The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't always need to consider bids from veteran-owned businesses before awarding contracts, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting a claim by the Government Accountability Office. The judge said that the Veterans First law, which requires the VA to give priority to veterans when awarding contracts, does not apply to pre-existing contracts involving bulk orders. "If this [decision] is followed by other courts, it is kind of devastating to veterans," said Tim Power, an attorney for the plaintiff in the case.

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